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Publisher's Summary

When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

©2006 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Butcher's latest maintains the momentum of previous Dresden outings and builds the suspense right up to a rousing conclusion." ( Booklist)

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Awesome

Dresden Files is the best long running series of all time...Harry Dresden has the best written character arc in the fantasy genre..this is the ideal starting point according to the author even though this is 7 th book in the saga...I read this as a part of re reading the series before the launch of 16 th book of seies 'peace talks' in july 2020..after 5 years of gap.. hearing Harry in james marsters voice was superb...

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Briiilllliiiiaaaaaant!!!

absolute cracker of a book, so gripping, action filled .. an awesome read or listen .. lol

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  • Dan
  • 18-04-12

I wish it was about 20 hours longer

Would you listen to Dead Beat again? Why?

Yeap. This book introduced Butters, a Chicago medical examiner, and a perfect foil to Dresden. Jim Butcher's books are always peppered with humor, but between Butters, the almost full-grown Mouse, and a third plot point (that I will not spoil) this book was one guffaw after another. Past Dresden books have been dark, with Harry just getting pummeled time and time again. Harry picks up some new bruises and sutures in this book too, but the whole tone of the story is lighter.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Beat?

Avoiding Spoliers: Right towards the end, when Harry finds the perfect weapon against the baddies. I rewound that scene twice before moving on with the rest of the book

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  • Sophia
  • 27-04-10

Polka will never die!

A late addition to 'The Dresden Files' Audible lineup, this is one of my favorites of the series. In Dead Bead, Mr. Butcher fills out the character of Waldo Butters, who plays a major role in this story, gives us additional glimpes into Bob's dark history, and reintroduces us to some old friends...and enemies. The story is fast paced and exciting with Mr Marster's doing the usual fantastic job of caturing Dresden's emotional intensity. Dresden's resolution of the current crisis is, in a word, audacious! A credit worthy listen.

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  • Pam W
  • 06-07-13

Harry finally gets a little respect

If you're like me and have been reading this series in order, then you won't be disappointed by this installment. Harry finds himself in yet another peril of life and death, and finally gets recognized for his efforts. Thomas and the werewolves are back, with a few cameos here and there, but Harry finds a new alliance with Butters, a rather eccentric medical examiner. The story has the usual non-stop action, and Harry is forever fleeing and facing death. James Marsters does his usual excellent job of narration, bringing Harry and friends to life. I just can't say enough about this book, except don't miss out on it.

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  • beth
  • 03-04-12

POLKA WILL NEVER DIE!



Absolutely brilliant book, the best in the series so far! Harry Dresdan is funnier than ever and becomes even more of a bad ass. Zombies, necromancers, animated dinosaurs, old and new enemies grace the pages of this book as Harry struggles to keep his friend Karrin Murphy's reputation safe. The book is unpredictable and ties together loose ends from previous books. Harry is learning to adapt to having and living with his brother, Thomas. He is adjusting to life with a crippled hand and is struggling to over come fears he is not even aware that he has. The war is still raging against the red court vampires and a terrible new threat has come to Chicago threatening to kill thousands. Action packed and full of Harry's wonderful friends with the new addition of Butters, the polka loving waif of a coroner that grows a back bone while hanging out with our hero.

I always make a point of listening to the Harry Dresdan books on audio because James Marsters does such a wonderful job with the narration and this book was no exception. Fantastic, I am already tempted to listen to it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-18

A little jumpy.

This books sets a weird pace. At first you think it’s about one story line then it jumps to another. Not a bad book in the series. The writer just seems like he had a hard time arranging his thoughts.

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  • Ian
  • 24-01-18

Minor League Dresden

The narration of James Marsters is wonderful and really helps make this audiobook lots of fun.

That being said, I find the overall book to be lacking in depth. Previous offerings, such as the Summer Knight were much stronger. I felt like this would have been better served as a short story to cut out many of the details that did not add value to the plot nor move the character of Dresden forward. I will continue to read these books because I find them to be enjoyable Leisure reading but do not find them to be much more than simple urban fantasy.

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  • Sean S
  • 25-12-16

Problem with recording

In Chapter 30, around five minutes in, the recording is messed up. The sound cuts out mid-sentence and picks back up in a different spot.

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  • V. King
  • 27-02-18

Somewhat disappointing, but (grr!) still worth it.

It might be just me, but it seems like the author didn't craft this story as carefully as he did in the preceding volumes. There are several weak plot points, in fact, and the entire story is considerably more predictable than before. The most disappointing part, however, is that Butcher made Dresden mess things up a few times too much for the book to be anything else but an annoying experience one can't wait to be over with. A couple of surprising near-awesome twists at the end of the story almost make up for the blunders made throughout this installment of the series.

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  • Todd
  • 20-01-14

Like Zombies and Wizards? Try this!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've been hooked on this series since a friend recommended it. This is one of my favorites from the series thus far. Each of these stories can be read as stand alone, but are better appreciated when you listen to the series. (I started on book 3 and was fine.) This story has is one where Harry is put against necromancers.... It also has a lot of Bob the Skull (my favorite character.) Definitely worth a listen. . ..

What other book might you compare Dead Beat to and why?

This book is Harry potter meets, 40's detective story, meets evil dead.

Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

Bob the Skull.... James is very convincing as a performer for both men and women... But with Bob he uses his own accent and gets to be completely inappropriate. It always is a laugh.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Towards the end a method of transportation is awesome!

Any additional comments?

IF you're new to the series, I've been told book 3 is where to start... SO I started there... and may go back to 1 and 2 later on... CHECK IT OUT!

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  • R. Baker
  • 22-04-12

Glad I Started This Series

When I started the Harry Dresden series, the stories were a bit thin and the production values were pretty poor. James Marsters' (I swear I only recognized him after starting the first book) performance was credible, but plagued with weird mispronunciations. Fast forward to book 7, Dead Beat, and things have improved. Quite a lot.

The writing has gotten sharper, even more organically witty. The plots improve by degree, but there's only so much one can do with this material; Butcher does quite a lot. And Marsters is downright brilliant. Some of my favorite narrators are weak on voice characterization; Marsters is a genius at it. If the occasional spell intonation seems overblown, you just accept it because ever other thing he says is pitch-perfect. This is not an exaggeration; if you think carefully about the text and Marsters' delivery, you'll see that his subtlety is pretty impressive... and effective.

So, to sum it up: the stories, though a bit on the genretastic side, are getting better. The writing is well past good. The narration leaves many perpetual favorites in the dust. I do recommend starting at the beginning, though. If you do, stick with it. I almost didn't, and that would have been a shame.

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  • mr
  • 18-11-15

best audio book, and best narrator

Dresden files is the best series of books made for audio out there that I have found so far, and as I drive for a living and music puts me to sleep I have a huge library to chose from.

Mr Marsters unlike many narrators obviously has read the books before narrating them and enjoyed them, and this comes through as energy and emotion. Mr Marsters doesn't read these books, he performs them with great skill.

in short Dresden files rocks
Jim butcher rocks
and James marsters kicks backside.

more please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-21

engaging, action packed, world building

this is, IMO, the best entry in the Dresden files series so far. the story was so fast paced, the characters are well build and the magis sistem detailed. a lot o new stuff about when world as agile and many tips for the future.
the narrator is increasengly good, with different voice for every character. it makes very easy to follow the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-21

I love the story best one yet

The voice actor makes it all work. I have to say it would have no charm without him. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Adrian
  • 08-06-21

Just Fantastic

This series just gets better and better, this has been my favourite book so far. There's so much to talk about but I'd rather leave surprises for future readers/listeners. The new characters are great, the enemies are great, Sue is great and Mouse is great

James Marsters has improved so much as a narrator, he's in his element. He is Harry Dresden

Jim Butcher has a fantastic mind for world building and has done such a great job with these books that the world of The Dresden Files is becoming my favourite fictional world

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  • angelahulme
  • 06-06-21

Another great book from Jim Butcher and James

This is another great book from the pen of him butcher and voice of James Marsters.

James manages to put so much emotion into Harry and the other characters that they are believable I don't normally like one person narrating lots of different characters because the voices seem to get mixed up but James is very good at distinguishing between each one.

As usual Harry takes a beating in various different falls from various different ghouls and Spooks.
I felt really sorry for Harry when he is tricked and to believe in somebody is what they are not.

Another great book and book 8 is now sat on my wishlist I can't wait to listen to that one too

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 04-06-21

Amazing

Just brilliant!! Love the jurassic park drops just brilliant loved as always!!! Looking forward to reading book 8 which I'll be downloading right now!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-21

one of the wittiest , fast paced book ever

This is my favourite dresden book. the later ones have seemed to lack as much humour as the first 10, though still not to be missed. They always have you on the edge of you're chair

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  • P. Clementson
  • 14-05-21

Death Beat

Just like the previous books in the series it is excelent, both the story and the Audio performance. :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-21

A very cool experience!

I loved it! I don't know if it is my favourite, but I enjoyed walking on the street everyday with my headphones on, listening to how Dresden stops bad guys! I definitely want more of this series! Check it out if you like magic, well shaped characters, powerful villains, big challenges, lots of action and humour!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-03-21

Pure, high octane, balls to the walls fun

James marsters brings Harry to life once again in a masterful voice performance
Deadbeat is up there with the S-tier dresden books
Polka will never die

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  • Harry
  • 13-07-21

Favourite So far

This was my favourite book of the series so far. Great pace.
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  • Jackson
  • 27-03-21

Dresden Kicks Off

Everyone always talks about how this series gets epic. Well this is the one where I felt it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-20

fantasic

just as brilliant as always. jim and James have done an outstanding job bringing this to life.

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  • lee desouza
  • 01-07-20

Best so far..

James Marsters is a fantastic narrator, I felt this performance was more fluid than some of his past efforts. I'm dedicated to hearing all of the Dresden files.

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  • Ben
  • 21-05-19

James Marsters is Harry Dresden.

I've enjoyed all of the Dresden Files to date in ebook form (waiting on the next one) and Mr Marsters' voice in now the one I hear when reading them again. He has increased his range of voices for different characters since doing Storm Front and now it can be easy to forget that it is a single narrator.
I particularly enjoyed the sequence with Sue (and that is as much as I'm going to say about it, those that know probably agree with me, those that don't are in for a treat).

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  • ChrisM
  • 21-10-18

Excellent audio-book

Beautifully narrated by James Masters, Dead Beat by Jim Butcher, is an enjoyable & exciting ride from start to finish. Enjoy! :-)

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  • Tony
  • 11-06-18

Favourite

Enjoying the Dresden Files. This is my favourite Harry Dresden book so far. 8 to go.

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  • Paul Rowan
  • 26-05-18

Polka will never die!

My favourite in an excellent series. Marsters does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life, even as the characters give life to rampant hoards of undead.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-18

Love this book!

Gotta love Dresden's snarky humour, and James Marsters voices him and all the other characters perfectly! 100% my favourite series, and this book is top 5 for sure.

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  • Damien
  • 12-06-16

Boop

I'll be honest, it was the thought of the narrator sitting there pretending to be an answering machine that pulled this one together.
Good story, not my favourite in the series but there are no downsides to it, good plot, well developed, engaging it probably just comes down to the fact that harry shies away from his magic a little, not entirely unwarranted to be honest. There probably is no less spellcasting to get out of tricky situations than any of the other books but Harry just seems weaker and less in control of his power, it was intended I think but it leaves a slightly dismal taste in the memory.